Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Historical Encounters is a blind peer-reviewed, open access, interdsiciplinary journal dedicated to the empirical and theoretical study of:

  • historical consciousness (how we experience the past as something alien to the present; how we understand and relate, both cognitively and affectively, to the past; and how our historically-constituted consciousness shapes our understanding and interpretation of historical representations in the present and influences how we orient ourselves to possible futures);
  • historical cultures (the effective and affective relationship that a human group has with its own past; the agents who create and transform it; the oral, print, visual, dramatic, and interactive media representations by which it is disseminated; the personal, social, economic, and political uses to which it is put; and the processes of reception that shape encounters with it);
  • history education (how we know, teach, and learn history through: schools, universities, museums, public commemorations, tourist venues, heritage sites, local history societies, and other formal and informal settings).

Submissions from across the fields of public history, history didactics, curriculum & pedagogy studies, cultural studies, narrative theory, and historical theory fields are all welcome.


Section Policies


This section is for editors only.

  • Robert Parkes
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The journal accepts original papers of 4,000-6,000 words (including references). Longer articles will be considered at bthe discretion of the Editor. These papers may be on any topic that fits into the scope of the journal.

  • Debra Donnelly
  • Melanie Innes
  • Robert Parkes
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The journal invites polemic essays that challenge dominant discourses or provoke debate. Submissions should be 3,000-5,000 words (including references).

  • Melanie Innes
  • Robert Parkes
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The journal invites essays that respond to articles published in earlier issues of the journal. Submissions to this section should not exceed 3,000 words (including references). Where an article is accepted for the Articles or Features section that substantially challenges the work of a particular scholar, a right of reply invitation will be issued. If the invitation to respond is accepted, the response will be published in the Rejoinders section, subject to successful review.

  • Melanie Innes
  • Robert Parkes
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Special Issue

Articles submitted to a special issue or open themed issue call should be original papers of 4,000-6,000 words (including references). Forthcoming themes will be advertised as announcements on the journal website. Longer articles will be considered at bthe discretion of the Special issues Editor. These papers may be on any topic that fits into the scope of the special issue theme.

  • Melanie Innes
  • Robert Parkes
  • Heather Sharp
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Peer Review Process

Historical Encounters strives to maintain a high academic quality. Each submission will be reviewed by the editorial team to determine if it fits within the scope of the journal. Submissions which are deemed appropriate to the scope of the journal will then be distributed to two reviewers for blind appraisal. The reviewers are selected based on their competence in the specific field with which the submission deals, or based on their solid general competence within the wider field of historical consciousness, historical cultures, or history education.


Publication Frequency

The journal will publish a single issue each year; and to ensure timely availability of scholarship, material will be published as soon as it has been through the peer-review and copy editing processes.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



To ensure a secure and permanent archive for the journal following the LOCKSS principle, the publisher has entered into an agreement that ensures the journal will be periodically archived in the PANDORA Archive of the National Library of Australia; and authors are encouraged to store a copy of their article on their personal websites (including services such as, but not limited to: Academia.Edu or Research Gate) or institutional respositories.


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

For all parties involved in the act of publishing (the author, the journal editor(s), the peer reviewer and the publisher) it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. The ethics statements for our journal are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Further information on Publication Ethics can be found on the COPE website: https://publicationethics.org/


Duties of the Editor-in-Chief

Fair play

Submitted manuscripts are evaluated for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


The Editor-in-Chief and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. 

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an Editor's own research without the explicit written consent of the author(s).

Publication decisions

The handling Editor-in-Chief of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles should be published. The Editor-in-Chief may be guided by the policies of the journal's Editorial Board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The Editor-in-Chief may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Duties of Peer Reviewers

Peer-review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers’ expert in the field of publication.

Contribution to editorial decisions

Peer review assists the Editor-in-Chief in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript. 


Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the Editor-in-Chief so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the Editor-in-Chief.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the Editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the submission.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors reporting results of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of a manuscript

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co- authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and human or animal subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works 

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal’s Editor-in-Chief or publisher and cooperate with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate erratum.


Publisher's Confirmation

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the Editors-in-Chief, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work.

The Publisher and the Journal do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its publishing programs, services and activities.